Aston Villa vs Arsenal team news: Alexis Sanchez incorrectly named in starting line-up as Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain called up to start

Wilshere picked up an ankle knock in the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund

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Arsenal named a strong starting line-up for their trip to Aston Villa on Saturday, but incorrectly named star forward Alexis Sanchez in the starting line-up as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was due to start in his place.

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Sanchez was later named on the bench, alongside Jack Wilshere who was replaced in the starting XI by Santi Cazorla.

The Gunners will be looking to bounce back from their convincing 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, where a woeful performance could have seen them lose by five or six goals. However, they face an Aston Villa side who have found their form as they remain unbeaten this season, and come into the match off the back of an impressive 1-0 win at Liverpool last Saturday.



Wilshere picked up an ankle injury in the defeat to Dortmund, but it was revealed not to be serious in midweek, although he is dropped to the bench to accommodate a returning Cazorla.

Jack Wilshere pictured during the Arsenal defeat to Dortmund

19-year-old Hector Bellerin is dropped from the squad completely as Calum Chambers is named at right-back after recovering from tonsillitis, but Mathieu Flamini misses out as he remains sidelined through injury.


There’s a return to the match-day squad for fit-again midfielder Abou Diaby.

Villa have to make do without captain Ron Vlaar once again, and his replacement for the win over Liverpool last week Nathan Baker is also absent, meaning there is a recall for Ciaran Clark to the starting line-up.

Cazorla is named in place of Wilshere

It’s the only change to the side that triumphed at Anfield, and Paul Lambert will hope to add another big scalp to a week that saw him sign a new contract until 2018.


Aston Villa: Guzan, Senderos, Hutton, Clark, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson, Weimann, Agbonlahor

Subs: Given, Bacuna, Okore, Sanchez, Grealish, Lowton, N’Zogbia.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck

Subs: Ospina, Coquelin, Diaby, Alexis, Rosicky, Wilshere, Podolski